Personal Development & Human Behavior

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LeaveSmarter: Marshall Goldsmith

By Michael, published May 8, 2013, at 12:00 PM in News & Opinion

Last week, Marshall Goldsmith was in town for our private LeaveSmarter event, sponsored by BMO Harris and Whyte Hirschboek Dudek. Marshall delivered a moving hour-long talk on effecting positive change through proven methods. As Dr.

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How to Be Interesting

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 5, 2013, at 4:59 PM in Staff Picks

This week, Dylan and I went to go see Jessica Hagy speak at the wonderful Lynden Sculpture Garden. Hagy, an ex-advertising copywriter who now creates doodles and charts with keen observations on people and the situations they find themselves in, presented a summary of her "10 Simple Steps" from her new book How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps). After enjoying her previous book Indexed, which consisted solely of pages of charts and minimal commentary, I was curious what her presentation might consist of.

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Bring Your (Emotional) Self to Work

By Sally Haldorson, published April 2, 2013, at 6:45 PM in News & Opinion

Listen. In every office you hear the threads of love and joy and fear and guilt, the cries for celebration and reassurance, and somehow you know that connecting those threads is what you are supposed to do and business takes care of itself. The words above were written by James A.

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A New KnowledgeBOX offer!

By Sally Haldorson, published March 20, 2013, at 2:35 PM in News & Opinion

If you aren't already aware, 800-CEO-READ powers the business knowledge-building site, KnowledgeBlocks. One of the services KnowledgeBlocks offers is a quarterly book club. For $80, you'll receive 4 quarterly shipments for a total of 9 books per year (see more details and sign up here.

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Thinker in Residence: Bruce Nussbaum on Business & Books

By Sally Haldorson, published March 7, 2013, at 7:02 PM in News & Opinion

In our final Thinker in Residence installment on Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence, we asked Nussbaum to give us an idea of the question that most drives him to do the work he does, and also what books have influenced his work. Read on and enjoy Nussbaum's unique perspective that applies a sharp intellect and, to my mind, a light touch on such topics as creativity, capitalism, invention, and strategy. ∗ What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering?

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Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Bruce Nussbaum

By Sally Haldorson, published March 6, 2013, at 7:25 PM in News & Opinion

Creative Intelligence competencies are designed to help you amplify your creativity. Separately and collectively, they increase your creative capacity. The model here is not the light bulb going off in the mind of a genius but the improved ability that comes with training in sports or yoga.

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Thinker in Residence: Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence

By Sally Haldorson, published March 5, 2013, at 8:08 PM in News & Opinion

Today we are introducing a new author-focused blog series called Thinker in Residence. For this series, we'll be asking some of the brightest and boldest business authors writing today to give us insight into their work. Over the course of a week, we’ll give you, our readers, a review of the book, an interview with the author, and the author's perspective on a current business challenge.


Jack Covert Selects - Top Dog

By Sally Haldorson, published February 15, 2013, at 4:49 PM in Jack Covert Selects

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Twelve, 352 pages, $27. 99, Hardcover, February 2013, ISBN 9781455515158 No one wants to be a loser, no matter how unimportant the game. Winning is fun, it makes you feel good, and winning validates the effort invested.

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Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

By Sally Haldorson, published January 30, 2013, at 12:51 PM in New Releases

Have you ever driven to or from work only to arrive at your destination not remembering much at all about the drive? If someone asked you to describe the colors of the other houses on your street, could you? We often excuse our lack of attention or memory by saying that we are "on autopilot.


Our 'Favorite' Business Books of 2012

By Sally Haldorson, published December 28, 2012, at 5:53 PM in News & Opinion

Last week, we released our picks for the Best Business Book of 2012 as well as the eight category winners. Following in the footsteps of the New York Times, if we may, who asked a few of their esteemed book reviewers to reveal a list of their favorite books of 2012 ("Favorite is not synonymous with best, so this process can be painful. Brutal honesty is required.

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The Elite Eight: Our Picks for the Top Business Books of 2012

By Sally Haldorson, published December 18, 2012, at 6:40 PM in News & Opinion

In anticipation of announcing the winner of the 2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year tomorrow, here's a recap of the category winners. Click on the links below to read more about these top books of 2012. Which book is *your* pick for the top book of the year?


Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder

By Sally Haldorson, published November 13, 2012, at 7:55 PM in News & Opinion

This morning I perused the Amazon Top 100 for 2012. A few of our favorite books that made the top 20: Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise; Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit (our JCS review here); and Susan Cain's Quiet (our take here. ) Rounding out the top 40 is a book that's been sitting on my desk for awhile, daring me to crack it open: Nassim Nicolas Taleb's Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.